Fluid Networks

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Sewage from neighborhood and housing units is cleaned through the living machine system, a natural water treatment process, before being released into the river

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The current street axis is extended onto the site to form the major canal axis. A secondary, N-S axis is introduced for the solar collectors to capture sunlight for solar thermal heating

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Circulation diagram: pedestrian, water taxi, bike trail

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Connectivity of the site with the city’s urban nodes

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Plan of inland housing

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Plan of river edge housing

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Model of single housing units

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Vacuum-formed plastic to represent the ETFE greenhouse

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Model of overall housing aggregation

Fluid Networks
Third Year Studio: Integration I
Instructor: Mick Mcnutt and Eddy Man Kim
Fall 2014

Project Location: Strip District, Pittsburgh
In collaboration with Noopur Suckhlecha

This project is an Eco-Machine housing project for young professionals and families. The design proposal aims to create a sustainable housing development that engages the community and residents. Currently, the sewage system of the Strip District neighborhood heavily pollutes the river due to sewage overflow. The design proposal uses the site as an opportunity to create a natural process of treating waste water known as “The Living Machine”. This process utilizes the roots of certain types of plants to aid in cleaning black water. These living machines are attached to groups of housing units and acts as a lobby to the houses. The houses are made up of a single bedroom and a four bedroom. These houses slightly vary based on locations: river edge, inland, or retail (in the center). The houses, with the exception of the retail housing, are oriented along the N-S axis so that the solar thermal collectors can collect sunlight for space heating in the colder months. A rain garden is also introduced behind each group of inland housing to treat polluted rainwater run off before entering the river. The network of canals acts as a clean, exposed sewage pipe line that enhances the experience of the residents.